Category Archives: Transport

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Clean Air Zones: what are they and where will they be?

In October this year, Oxford announced its plans to become the world’s first zero emissions city zone – they aim to ban all petrol and diesel cars from the city centre area by 2020. This suggests the UK are serious about rolling out their plans to ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in an attempt to clean up the UK’s air quality. Oxford isn’t the only city looking to introduce clean air zones either. The government has revealed five UK cities that plan to have a clean air zone by 2020, including Birmingham, Southampton and Leeds. Continue reading

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Traffic Fury: Careless Or Couldn’t Care Less Driving

There is a three-lane road in my town. One lane is a bus lane, hence the central lane is southbound, the outer lane northbound. Whilst driving in the centre lane I was confronted by an on-coming car. Fair enough, Perhaps he thought it was an overtaking lane, although the signage is clear enough. Continue reading

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Driverless Cars Sent To Coventry

It has just been revealed this week that Jaguar Land Rover launched the first UK public road test of driverless vehicles. It is an exciting announcement for the British motoring scene, largely due to the majority of news on autonomous vehicles coming from US companies like Google. The testing is to take place in Coventry within the city itself. This may sound alarming but the testing will have a human driver present and the experiments are mostly to see how well the vehicles ‘talk’ to each other. Therefore there isn’t a huge amount of risk of out of control machines causing chaos! Continue reading

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UK Food Vans: The Good And The Bad

Business is booming for the UK’s food van industry. It’s increasing in popularity due to the amount of street food that is available to a person when they are on the go. Although this is something that is relatively new to the UK, countries like Thailand have had a long popularity in street vans, and they have proven to be successful. Research done by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have said that 2.5 billion people eat street food around the world every day. Continue reading

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Leave It To The Drivers

There is a large and verdant merry-go-round on the outskirts of the town of Swindon, Wiltshire, called the Mannington Roundabout. It is a very busy intersection that plays host to a high level of traffic throughout much of the day. Continue reading

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Traffic Fury: The Indicators

When the driving test was first introduced in 1935, drivers were required to indicate their intentions by means of hand signals (that’s the government approved official ones by the way, not the varied selection of unofficial and highly demonstrative ones). Whatever the weather the window had to be wound down so an arm could be extended and flapped about in the designated manner. The ability to correctly use these signals was a requirement of the driving test, right up to 1975, despite the much earlier introduction of the ‘The Trafficator’. Continue reading

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Traffic Fury: Merge In Turn

Traffic Fury is intended as an irregular feature (that is to say it will appear often, sometimes or never again) whereby I take a single motoring complaint and have a furious moan about it whilst castigating the general driving standards of this nation’s car users. At this stage it is unlikely I will have have a feature called Traffic Joy, but we live in hope. Now read on about Merge In Turn: Continue reading

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The Apprentice: Brexit Round

A Brexit thought has occurred. It dawned on me that our Members of Parliament are just like the contestants on The Apprentice. They are split into two teams with those applicants who failed the final cut sitting to one side, moping. The team members are inept, crass and don’t have a clue. They are lost in their own world of dreams where they imagine that what they do counts for something. They are leaders of men, in their own lunchtimes. Continue reading

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Killing Bambi & Other Distractions

Much is made these days of the distractions of modern driving. Smartphones in particular come in for a lot of criticism although to be fair it of course the users who commit the crime. Our modern cars are full of such attention-takers. Touchscreens, over-talkative passengers, infotainment centres all distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road, often with unwanted, inevitable and sometimes tragic consequences. Continue reading